Sunday, October 3, 2010

Raising a Country Girl

If we had decided to stay in the big city, I know our life would be so different. There would be no farm dogs, no coyotes, no cows, no farm walks, and no rodents/varmints. Life is certainly different here in the country, but really much better.
Both of my children seem to embrace living here on our farm and my daughter brought even more proof of that feeling to the back porch the other evening.
A lizard.....how nice.

I have to say that this is better than the small mouse she caught in in the field, (I am serious), last year.

My Border Collie, a lovely/smart creature, must have thought I really liked this little, striped fellow. I found it the next day, resting in peace, in the family room. My Border Collie sitting proudly beside of it.

Ewwwwww.......



28 comments:

  1. Wow!She is so cute and brave!Isn't it strange how some kids wil pick up a lizard or a toad,a bug,etc., and others wil scream and run for dear life. Pop,the grandchildren's natural grandfather,is as country as anyone can get,although he does have a weak stomach when it comes to deer guts and the like,but his 2grandchildren are the wimpiest kids I know. Does living in the town environment cause that,or is it genes? I can't figure it out. We expose them to every country thing possible, and they are still wimpy about most things.

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  2. Nice salamander. Don't know their actual name but we call them blue tails. I've lived in the country all my life. I know whenever I spend much time in a city that I'm much more comfortable in the mountians.

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  3. Lizards don't bother me too much, but I can tell you with 100% certainty that I won't be adding them as a member of my family in this lifetime.

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  4. It was a beautiful lizard! Sorry to hear it met its end via your border collie - sounds a lot like my place... :)

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  5. Woot to your daughter for picking up that lizard. And woot to you for letting her do it. Makes all the difference in how she explores her world -- now and into the future. :)

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  6. This post gave me quite the chuckle. I love it and the photos are great. Have a Happy Day!

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  7. I would have been here when I was that age. About the only thing I wouldn't pick up was a snake.
    I loved going lizard catching, they were fun to catch because you had to be faster than they were. We used them for fishing.

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  8. You made a wonderful and wise choice both for you grownups and your children. What a great life you are giving them. My Soldier catches all the lizards around here too. He likes to walk around with them in his mouth, poor critters. Have a nice Sunday.--Inger

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  9. we have those things every where! only i'm the brave one to catch them so the kids can have a close up view.
    and...there are some missing tails thank to the cats! ick!

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  10. well, I guess the little guy IS cute. :)

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  11. I'm so glad my girls are farm kids! I was a city kid and I see the way they are growing up and exploring nature. I see that they know how to work. My friend's hubby supervises lots of young people at work and he says many kids today have no clue how to work.

    I believe your lizard is some type a skink. Better skink than skunk!

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  12. Patrice - I believe you are right about this being a skink. And, he did lose a bit of his tail when my daughter tried to let him go.

    Joe - I have heard people call them blue tails.

    Inger - My Jack Russell likes to catch frogs and carry them around. Yuck!

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  13. She is like my girls-I've been brought the lizards-and the baby mice too : )

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  14. How funny! You are so right about all the critters you find on the farm...moles, mice, lizards, turtles. Kids love those things and so do the dogs and cats :)
    Amy

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  15. My son happiest moments as a kid were the weekends spent at his Grandma's house in the Tuscan countryside. No coyotes there, but some intrusive wild boars and a lot of other critters around the house...

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  16. I remember how I used to pick up lizards and frogs and things when I was little. I just can't anymore...Your kids are growing up the best way! Nothing beats life on a farm.

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  17. wonderful these photos!
    this lizard is amazing! with these lines beautiful and original! ... I'm pleased to see that nature can bring you much happiness!
    bye !! :))

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  18. Una bellísima fotografías. Saludo

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  19. hahahh...oh (gasp) hilarious!
    I just came onto your blog and you sound EXACTLY! like me....
    I too came here fromliving in a "bit" more populated area....and yes!...now everyone seems to know more about me than I do out here!
    THIS country living is sometimes hard to adjust to!!
    AND that LIZARD!
    My boys bring me frogs from he dugout and mice up from the shed-thinking I'll be quite thrilled for them when they show me them "close-up"...:(
    As for our dog....what she finds is unspeakable.....
    I am so glad I found someone out there like you!!!
    Adding your to my blogroll so I can read your "excitement " while I live mine:))
    Oh Happy Day!!!
    :)

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  20. From where I come from, people say, that they bring luck.

    Most of it for you all and a good start into the new week as well.

    daily athens

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  21. She is braver than I am. What a cutie. Yes, I truly believe growing up in the country is the best gift you can give your kids.
    Great job...Mom and Dad!!

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  22. Wow...that's a cool looking lizard! When I was young, my sister and I caught everything...that is until one day my Dad was taking a nap on the couch and a lizard I thought I had safely stowed away in a shoe box went running up his chest...that was it...no more creatures in the house! I still pick up everything though...you never grow out of that!

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  23. Your salamander is a five line skink. Beautiful creatures and harmless. You have a wonderful blog -- I'm a first time visitor. Will stop by again -- barbara

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  24. We made the decision to leave suburbia and move the family to the manor, back when it was country, when they were small. No regrets. They learned to climb trees, dig holes and play with lizards just like this one.

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  25. Yes! It is a Five-lined Skink. They're common back home; very quick things, so props to Toots for catching him! Mom's first Papillon used to catch them on the patio...Dad used to say that her breath was so bad, it skinks. (Boo, hiss.)

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  26. Thanks to everyone that put the correct name to the salamander.

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  27. Yes Joe! Thanks to everyone for their comments and naming the lizard!

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  28. Reading this makes me miss leaving in the country. I recently moved to charlotte and its so loud here. Your pictures are amazing

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